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Hosted by Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli, co-founders of Seneca Women, this podcast features fascinating conversations with leaders who are using their power for purpose to accelerate women while building a better world. In this Special Edition we talk about all things women and Web3, from the Metaverse to DeFi, from crypto to NFTs. We'll break it down for you through interviews with incredible leaders, experts and artists in this space. To join the conversation go to senecawom ...
 
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It’s been three years since we launched The Conversation Piece. 90 episodes measured over pandemic years, launched because for a while there, we couldn’t convene the way we love to - at The Walrus Talks. Through three seasons, we’ve done our best to showcase some of the most compelling talkers who have wheeled, walked, and web-cammed onto a stage f…
 
Trigger Warning: this episode contains subject matter which includes sexual assault and domestic violence. The stories told by sexual assault survivors are best told through their voice when they are ready, but that can mean secondary pain in the form of judgement, disbelief, and shame. It’s why so many survivors don’t speak their truths. Because w…
 
Women, Two Spirit, trans and non binary people across the spectrum have been at the forefront of what it means to be a caregiver. Whether society defines it as nurture or instinct, one thing’s for certain, over half of the women in our economy work in the 5 C’s: caring, catering, clerical work, cashiering and cleaning. Andrea Gunraj is the Vice Pre…
 
Information about global warming is everywhere. And although the delivery of this message brings up awareness, the overload of information can lead to ecological grief and anxiety. According to Geographer Ashlee Cunsolo, says that despite the discomfort these emotions may bring, acknowledging these feelings can better help us understand the severit…
 
Generation Y inherited the truth of the 60s scoop, residential schools, and treaties, they did not create it, but Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians have the responsibility of facing that truth. Many generations of Indigenous Canadians have been living in a sort of horizontal survival mode - because their vertical lineage leads straight back t…
 
Activism is changing the strategies of how many media organizations tell their stories: from the Black Lives Matter movement to Asian Heritage Month to #MeToo. But it hasn’t been a perfect trajectory - reporting on the changing social and political landscape takes skill, and sometimes learning from mistakes in real-time. Camille Dundas is the Edito…
 
The climate crisis is a global issue and requires a coordinated effort from everyone. But the people who will be most impacted by this crisis are often excluded from conversations on climate change: our youth. Naila Moloo believes that youth need to be involved in climate change discussions and in developing solutions. Moloo is an Innovator at The …
 
Indigenous peoples face some of the highest levels of poverty in Canada. According to many people, including Candice Shaw, these inequalities are the intended result of colonial systems. Shaw believes that in order to address inequality at its core, we need to decolonize systems of power while continuing to engage Indigenous communities in discussi…
 
Our society has taken steps to improve awareness and understanding on the stigmas of mental health. But conversations about mental health are often limited to certain conditions and are divorced from conversations about underlying factors like inequity and discrimination. Fae Johnstone believes that in order to effectively combat the stigmas of men…
 
The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remains an inspiration—including to NFT artist Mercedes deBellard, who created a striking portrait of RBG for the Seneca Women Equality Collection in partnership with Nifty Gateway. We’re sharing the inspiration today with a past episode of Seneca’s 100 Women to Hear, featuring the Justice in her own words. See …
 
On this episode of Women Rule Web3, Kim Azzarelli speaks with Mercedes deBellard, a Spanish illustrator known worldwide for her colorful, expressive portraits, including those of legendary women. Now her latest NFT is part of The Seneca Women Equality Collection in partnership with Nifty Gateway, in which six amazing women artists represent their v…
 
On this episode of Women Rule Web3, Kim Azzarelli speaks with Miss AL Simpson. Blending glamour, punk and tech influences in her work, this Scottish lawyer-turned entrepreneur-turned-digital artist is a bold advocate for Web3 and the financial independence it can bring to women. Now her latest NFT is part of The Seneca Women Equality Collection in …
 
On this episode of Women Rule Web3, Kim Azzarelli speaks with Monica Rizzolli. She's from Brazil, but her digital art has won a worldwide following. Her nature-inspired generative collection, Fragments of an Infinite Field, sold out in an hour. Now her latest NFT is part of The Seneca Women Equality Collection in partnership with Nifty Gateway, in …
 
“Man up,” “be a man,” and “don’t be a girl” are phrases that boys often hear while growing up. They send the message that men should always project toughness, stoicism, and independence. Jake Stika believes that we need to teach boys to express vulnerability, ask for help, and show compassion and that doing so will benefit everyone in our society. …
 
On this episode of Women Rule Web3, Kim Azzarelli speaks with Izzakko. Only 20 years old, Bay Area artist Izzakko has already become a standout in the digital art world for her bold designs that seek to uplift the beauty of the Black community and illustrate the Black experience. Her latest NFT is part of The Seneca Women Equality Collection in par…
 
On this episode of Women Rule Web3, Kim Azzarelli speaks with Ola Volo. Born in Kazakhstan, and now living in Canada, Ola Volo originally made a name for herself as a muralist. Today she’s a star in the NFT world, and her distinctively patterned NFT is part of The Seneca Women Equality Collection in partnership with Nifty Gateway. Learn more at sen…
 
Hosted by Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli, co-founders of Seneca Women, this podcast features fascinating conversations with leaders who are using their power for purpose to accelerate women while building a better world. In this Special Edition we talk about all things women and Web3, from the Metaverse to DeFi, from crypto to NFTs. W…
 
Humans have an innate desire to explore. It’s what drove our early ancestors to migrate out of Africa and why modern humans dream of one day landing on Mars. But according to Kate Harris, we don’t need to travel to another planet to satisfy our collective need for exploration. We just need to find a deeper sense of belonging to the one we live on. …
 
The Canadian economy has suffered since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all Canadians have been impacted equally. While many low income workers have lost their jobs or worked fewer hours, Canada’s richest CEOs have made even more money. According to David Macdonald, the source of the inequality is that CEO pay is based on power rather t…
 
The late Menaka Thakkar was an accomplished dancer and instructor, but in her 2017 talk, she was full of words about the impact of dancing. And it goes so much further than her artistry - into the power of culture and the beauty of seeing yourself in the art on stage. Thakkar spoke at The Walrus Talks We Desire a Better Country in 2017. Hosted on A…
 
Even in the midst of a pandemic, healthcare needs to be covered, roads need to be fixed, which means taxes need to be paid, and ‘tis the season. According to Claire Trottier, there are 59 billionaires currently in Canada and over the course of their pandemic, their wealth increased by 87 billion. And she’s one of them. Trottier is a philanthropist …
 
This will be our second Olympic Games held during the pandemic, and it promises to be a very interesting, and isolating experience for our athletes. As focused as Olympic athletes are this may be an opportunity to widen their gazes - like former Olympian Karina LeBlanc has. LeBlanc is an Olympian, and former professional soccer goalkeeper and curre…
 
It is surprising the kind of people who confess to suffering from imposter syndrome. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, singer David Bowie, pro-athlete Serena Williams, and actress Tina Fey have all at one time or another, expressed this kind of doubt about themselves in public. But what if feeling like you’re faking it (and worrying that someone is going…
 
As Canadian children and their parents are once again confronted with the uncertainty of lockdowns and school closures, the mental health of our youngest community members is of concern. How will this affect them in the short-term? In the long-term? And will this contribute to a new intergenerational trauma? These questions become even more fraught…
 
According to Statistics Canada, being a person of faith, or at least admitting to being a person of faith is becoming less popular. That might just be about the ebb and flow of our culture, and history may cycle again to make religion popular again, but in the meantime, the places that were built at the height of “worship culture” sit in disrepair …
 
Immersing yourself in your subject is not a new concept. Actors do it. Engineers do it. Writers do it. But why is it important? According to wildlife photographer Kerri Martin, sometimes in pursuit of accurate representation, you can discover a deeper meaning in why you do what you do. And doing it in a conscious way has all kinds of benefits. Host…
 
There are days when it may seem like we have solved the diversity issue in the arts here in Canada. When you look around and you finally see Indigenous books winning the biggest awards, and Black poets sharing the stage with their literary peers it starts to feel like hope. But according to Devyani Saltzman, who has led programming at the Art Galle…
 
Many of us have experienced isolation over the past 18 months, which has taken a toll on our collective mental health. During these restless times, it’s natural to fight the feelings of loneliness, grief, and sadness. But as mental health advocate Mark Henick has learned, these feelings can be an excellent teacher if we’re willing to just … sit wit…
 
When you think of the natural world, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? To some, it might be National Park forests, the Great Lakes, or the Rocky Mountains.Carly Ziter spoke about the ecosphere that often receives less attention: the one living within our cities. Carly Ziter is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Concordi…
 
Laurie B. Squire, Director of Ticketing & Business Insights at Imagine Exhibitions Inc., joined Mike Evenson on episode 40 of the Unobstructed podcast. Laurie is a collaborative, results-driven sales and guest experience professional with over two decades of expertise generating revenue in live entertainment venues, museums and attractions. They di…
 
Canada has a lot of work to do to improve relationships with Indigenous communities. But how will we get there as a country? According to Roberta Jamieson, the solution goes beyond charity. It requires philanthropy based on Indigenous reciprocity. Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. She is the former pre…
 
In the midst of a pandemic, cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in Canada, so it makes sense that we have large laboratories for conducting cancer research. But according to Steve Shih, when it comes to building research facilities, bigger is not always better. This might be a moment (strategically) to think small. Shih is an Associat…
 
Caring for a sick loved one is one of the hardest things a person can go through. But as Damian Rogers found out, it can also be an opportunity to learn how to live a more meaningful life. Damian Rogers is a poet, author, and teacher. She spoke at The Walrus Talks: Living Better in 2019. A transcript of this episode is available on our website. Hos…
 
This episode features Michael Johnson, Clare Balding, Andrew Parsons, Bebe Vio, Sarah Hirshland, Justin King and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 volunteer, Shigeru Kudo. After such bleak times and such uncertainty we reflect on what hosting the Tokyo Games has achieved. We will explore what is in store for the Paralympic Movement across the next decade…
 
This episode features Liz Johnson, Charles Catherine, Haben Girma, Esther Verburg, Hank Prybylski, Facundo Chávez Penillas, Christina Mallon, Dan Brooke, Eddie Ndopu and Nilofar Bayat. When Sir Ludwig Guttmann formed the Paralympic movement after World War II, his vision was to use sport to rehabilitate Disabled people back into society to become t…
 
In Episode 4 we’re focussing on how our modern world was not built to include everyone. The big question in this episode is - If the world around us enabled us instead of disabled us, what would that look like? Sophie Morgan speaks to Yoshihiko Kawauchi, Katie Pennick, Dr Victor Pineda, Haben Girma, Michaël Jérémiasz, Sam Latif, Christina Mallon, E…
 
Nationalism has become a bad word for many on the political spectrum, but according to Prerna Singh, it is a word people who believe in democracy should fight to take back from those who would use it to divide. It can be empowering. It can build nations and activate citizens. And most of all, it can motivate social change. Singh is a Mahatma Gandhi…
 
In episode 3 we turn the spotlight on the fashion and film industries to find out why they are still playing catch up on becoming truly representative of the disabled community. We’ll hear from Jameela Jamil, RJ Mitte, Sinéad Burke, Eryn Brown, Keely Cat Wells, Jim LeBrecht, Christina Mallon and Ellie Cole, who each have their story to tell about a…
 
Episode two in the series will explore how the rights of disabled people are changing and what more needs to be done to create a more equal world moving forward. Featuring Jameela Jamil, Chantal Petitclerc, Eddie Ndopu, Pilar Jauregui, Deborah McFadden, Haben Girma and Tatyana McFadden, we’ll discuss the legislative progress that has been made but …
 
This is the first episode in a series of conversations asking how we achieve equality for disabled people. This episode takes a look back at the history and the legacy of the Paralympic Movement and the impact it has had on host cities and beyond. Featuring Paralympians, Olympians and influential figures in the Paralympic Movement, including Michae…
 
Indigenous women are among the most marginalized in Canada. In her talk, Vanessa Tait speaks about how the sacred roles they previously held in their communities have been dismantled through colonialism and how all Canadians need to work together to support them. Vanessa Tait is a Two-Spirit Cree woman from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation in Northern …
 
Equal Too: Achieving Disability Equality is a new special series on Seneca’s Conversations on Power and Purpose that explores many aspects of equality through the lens of sports and the Paralympics.. This six-part series is produced by P&G Studios and Harder Than You Think, creators of the double Emmy Award winning documentary Rising Phoenix. The s…
 
Most of the decisions about Canada’s future are being made by the current leaders in government. To Sara Abdessamie, there’s another voice that needs to be included in the conversation: Canada’s youth. Abdessamie is an alumna of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council and a graduate of the medical sciences program at Dalhousie University. She spoke at T…
 
Have you ever been referred to as “resilient?” To some, resilience means survival, and calling someone resilient is meant as a compliment to their ability to survive. But to Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika, that label is not one she seeks for herself or for other Canadians. Okeke-Ihejirika is a professor of women’s and gender studies and director of the …
 
Resilience is often a celebrated state of being. But is it useful to use resilience as a policy? Resilience might be the watch word if you’re fighting a zombie apocalypse or evading a meteor that threatens all life on earth, but if we zoom out, celebrating resilience doesn’t solve or change issues that plague society, like inequality. Vinita Srivas…
 
This special, six-part series, done in collaboration with MAKERS, features conversations about fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Today's episode features an excerpt from a talk on intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, and Executive Director of the African American Policy …
 
This special, six-part series, done in collaboration with MAKERS, features conversations about fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Today's episode features a conversation between Katie Couric, journalist and founder of Katie Couric Media, and actor, director and activist Olivia Wilde, about impediments women face in their ca…
 
This special, six-part series, done in collaboration with MAKERS, features conversations about fostering diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace. Today's episode features a conversation between Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and Justin Baldoni, author, filmmaker and co-founder of Wayfarer Studios, followed by insights from Marc Pritchard, …
 
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